I have often looked at the amazing grain structure of much of the Live Oak I cook with and wondered, "Why don't I see anyone turning this beautiful wood?" Now I know. It is a BEAR! Especially if you are undercutting or hollowing. The blue strip around the lower middle is my own Micarta inlay and the blue filling most of the cracks and voids is blue powder coat powder and epoxy. The funny shape of the opening is natural edge. I have more of this stuff to turn, but I'll be thinking twice about doing much beyond simple bowl forms. It was nearly impossible for me to get a smooth cut inside and I tried carbide and everything else I had.
Thanks for looking and as always, C&C welcome.